This galaxy, also known as NGC 5128, is one of the closest
galaxies to the Milky Way, only 11 million light years away.
It is also the 5th brightest galaxy in the sky. The striking
warped lane of dark material cutting across the face of the
galaxy is the remnant of a spiral galaxy that the larger
elliptical NGC 5128 is in the process of absorbing. The
elliptical galaxy is largely made up of older, yellowish
stars, but the merger with the other galaxy has sparked
a burst of new star formation, visible as blue clusters of
hot new stars and glowing reddish nebulae along the dark band
of merging material.
January 11th, 2020
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